Many online protestant evangelists get people to recite the “sinners prayer” when someone wants to become a christian. It goes something like this:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Amen.”
Now, if Protestants believe people can be saved alone by faith in Jesus (and Catholics believe in faith in Jesus + good works or is it repentance?) how do i alter the above prayer for converting someone to Catholicism? What do i add in?
In addition to saying you must believe in jesus and accept him as your savior …do I add in something like: “You must repent” or “You must also do good works”. Whats the best way to phrase this?
I know a “sinners prayer” is not a magic bullet or an alternative to being baptized, but i want to put it into words for the person what they must now do if they are to consider themselves a true christian as Jesus would want them to be. Whats the best way to phrase it in words?